Wedding Industry Awards 2018

Wedding Industry Awards 2018

We have just been nominated by one of our amazing brides! Thank you so much Emily – this means the world to us. Thank you for your kind words! The Wedding Industry Awards 2018 are amazing because the clients have the right to vote. TWIA was set up to recognise the excellent wedding suppliers and also to help the engaged couples find the best suppliers. We really enjoyed taking part in two previous editions because we learned a lot about ourselves and about our business! The clients and the judges also decided that we are among the best wedding photographers in West Midlands.

Wedding Industry Awards 2018So here is what Emily has written about us, thank you Emily!

“Marta and her husband Artur are INCREDIBLE!! They are so passionate and enthusiastic about what they do and we are so grateful they were part of our day! From the very first time we met Marta, spoke to her about what they do and saw their work we knew that the only question was exactly which package to go for with them! They’ve been fabulous all through the planning process, contacting/meeting us ever since our first enquiry. On the day they were brilliant – they work as an incredible team together and at times disappear to work their magic and at other times directed us into the perfect shots. They spent time considering the best shots for us and our venue, taking time to set up the perfect shots for us to use the light, the weather and the surroundings best. And they were so excited to show us the shots they’d created for us! We are so pleased to have booked Marta and Artur and so grateful for the stunning memories they captured for us!!”

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Game on! Let’s do this!


UK wedding photography workshop Aga Tomaszek

The UK wedding photography workshop

This week I took part in the UK wedding photography workshop – two days full of positive energy, enthusiasm and photography tricks. The photos below are just a small fraction of what happened during that time. Every aspect of running a successful wedding photography business was covered. Even the astro photography! Big thanks to Aga Tomaszek, Dan Morris and Eirik Halvorsen – you guys rock! Even though I’ve been running my wedding photography business for five years, my brain got bombarded with new fantastic ideas which I’ve kept and I won’t hesitate to use in the future. Thank you so much!

Not many people realize how difficult it is to be a good wedding photographer. This is not only a job, this is so much more – the lifestyle, passion, the right combination of talent, business skills, experience and drive. We are not just camera ladies, camera guys – there is so much more to it. We aim to capture the best memories and give them to our clients in a beautiful form of photographs. In every single picture we leave a bit of our soul. That’s why we need to really protect our souls and keep the right work/life balance. We’re neither tools nor machines but sometimes we are treated this way. At that point it is very difficult to keep our enthusiasm and love for what we do and to stay young in spirit. This UK wedding photography workshop reminded me about Jostein Gaarder’s ‘Sophie’s World’ (I love this book):

“To children, the world and everything in it is new, something that gives rise to astonishment. It is not like that for adults. Most adults accept the world as a matter of course. This is precisely where philosophers are a notable exception. A philosopher never gets quite used to the world. To him or her, the world continues to seem a bit unreasonable – bewildering, even enigmatic. Philosopers and small children thus have an important faculty in common. The only thing we require to be good philosophers is the faculty of wonder…”

After Aga, Dan and Eirik’s workshop I have decided not to grow up. Never! Thanks for reminding me about this amazing faculty of wonder!


Green Man Fownhope Herefordshire wedding

Love is in the air... Valentine's Day 2017

Love it or hate it – but it is here anyway… Valentine’s Day 2017. I know some people say… if you love someone, this day should be just like any other day. The same, with nothing sweet, red and too plastic. They can’t stand the 14th of February. For me today is not about hearts, sweets and roses. It is all about celebrating love. As a wedding photographer, I see love… this happy, overwhelming and fuzzy feeling, beauty, decorations and sweet things almost every weekend. I also see all different types of love… between the couple, between parents and their children, love for the grandparents and friends.

Love is the most important thing in our lives. We are nobody without love. Have you seen Stardust – one of my most favorite films ever. Do you remember what Yvaine said about love? Here it is:

“You know when I said I knew little about love? That wasn’t true. I know a lot about love. I’ve seen it, centuries and centuries of it, and it was the only thing that made watching your world bearable. All those wars. Pain, lies, hate… It made me want to turn away and never look down again. But when I see the way that mankind loves… You could search to the furthest reaches of the universe and never find anything more beautiful.

So yes, I know that love is unconditional. But I also know that it can be unpredictable, unexpected, uncontrollable, unbearable and strangely easy to mistake for loathing, and… My heart… It feels like my chest can barely contain it. Like it’s trying to escape because it doesn’t belong to me any more. It belongs to you. And if you wanted it, I’d wish for nothing in exchange – no gifts. No goods. No demonstrations of devotion. Nothing but knowing you loved me too. Just your heart, in exchange for mine”

So… Happy Valentine’s Day everyone!


Lemore Manor wedding photographer Hereford

Lemore Manor weddings

Lemore Manor weddings are amazing. It does not matter if you are getting married in May, August or December – you will always have the best day of your life there. Friendly staff, beautiful manor and gardens as well as tasty food are just what you are looking for. We have photographed warm rainy summer wedding days as well as cold winder days there. Outdoor and indoor ceremonies… and every time we thoroughly enjoyed it.

We feel privileged to have been invited to this Sunday’s Lemore Manor wedding showcase event. Are you coming too? If the answer is yes – we have a surprise for you. The details of the special prize draw are going to be revealed on the day, so please make sure you pop in to find out more details. This prize draw will only last one day and is exclusive to the Great Gatsby showcase event. If you want to win either the pre-wedding or the after-wedding/anniversary shoot with Marta May Photography – make sure you’re there.

Here is just a quick selection of the Lemore Manor weddings we have photographed. Some of them have been featured in OUR WORK. Have a look. We cannot wait to meet you and have a chat with you this Sunday, the 12th February 2017, at Lemore Manor. See you soon!

 


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Hygge - enjoying friends, family, graciousness

So… today is a cold February morning. I’m sitting here and trying to warm up by drinking a lovely cup of tea. Let’s face it, the world around us isn’t necessarily one of the cosiest places. Just look at the news around you. However, there is one very good outcome of all this. We value our families, homes and time that much more, we have changed. You will probably be surprised when you hear that last year brought me more peace and happiness than previous years. Yes! Before that I worried a lot, studied too hard, worked too much and almost never had time for myself and my family. This year is so much different. I think about the things that matter, I have found the hygge…

I spend more time with my kids, take more pictures just for the fun of it. There is still a lot to be done like switching to a healthy and beautiful food, spending even more time with my family or simply learning how to enjoy every moment. I’m getting there! What about you? Have you found your inner peace yet? What does hygge mean to you? In my case it always was there, hidden until last year. Maybe that’s why I always felt pain and I was longing for something missing in my life. Probably that’s why I have always loved Scandinavia, learnt Norwegian and Swedish. Every time I am there, I feel that I belong there for some strange reason. Anyway, let’s get back to photography! Stay tuned, some beautiful things are coming!